Please note that reservations are no longer available through Recreation.gov. Located at the tip of the Florida peninsula in Everglades National Park, Flamingo is a beautiful campground for visitors who enjoy nature, water activities and phenomenal views of the largest subtropical wilderness in the nation. The campground is a full 38 miles south of the main entrance to Everglades park and offers a true getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Everglades National Park has earned placement as a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. The campground faces the Florida Bay and connects to hiking trails, canoe routes and the Buttonwood Canal. In winter, campers can partake in ranger-guided programs or set off on their own to explore the mangroves and many species of birds that inhabit the area. Natural Features: Flamingo is on the east end of Cape Sable at the southern tip of mainland Florida. It faces the Florida Bay, which reaches out to the Gulf of Mexico. Mangrove mud flats are the primary feature of this subtropical Everglades ecosystem. Recreation: Because the area connects to the 99-mile wilderness waterway, Ten Thousand Islands, water activities, like kayaking and fishing, are among the most popular things to do at Flamingo. Wildlife across the bay includes manatees, dolphins, and plenty of shore birds. The red shouldered hawk and bald eagle can be spotted soaring overhead, and an array of woodpeckers can be seen-and heard-in the trees. Facilities: The campground has 234 drive-in sites and 64 walk-in sites open year round. The walk-in sites in loops B and C are on an open field with views of the bay. The Flamingo Visitor Center offers educational displays, informational brochures, and backcountry permits. Near the visitor center are campgrounds, a marina and marina store, and several hiking and canoeing trails. Reservations are no longer available through Recreation.gov. Beginning May 15, 2018 you may reserve campsites by calling Everglades Adventures at (305) 501-2852. Nearby Attractions: Theres no shortage of things to do and see around the 1.5 million acres of the Everglades. Kayak or canoe inland through the mangrove forests to the Buttonwood Canal, Coot Bay, Bear Lake or Mud Lake, for the best birding. Hikers can enjoy the half-mile loop trail to Eco Pond for views of wading birds and occasional sightings of the American Crocodile. ACTIVITIES Boating: Kayak Rentals Day Use Area: Amphitheater
We camped out at the open field with a breathtaking view of the Bay. The camp site itself is well laid out with tables and fire pits at a reasonable distance from each other. Clean bathrooms and showers and lots of avian species to look at. Definitely recommend the site and trails. Also for convenience there is a shop and boat ramp where you could rent canoes and kayaks.
It is an hour drive to the campground but a good road and worth the trip. There are several points of interest along the way but we did not stop to check them out. Check-in with reservations was very quick and easy. Both campgrounds are well maintained. The T-loop showers are cold water only but the A-Loop showers are solar heated and there was hot water on sunny days. We parked in a site without services but potable water is available at nearby restrooms. Our campground was quiet except for a couple of campers running their generator during official quiet hours, but they were not an issue. The beach area is a short walk or bike ride from the campground and is not suitable for swimming, at least by our standards. There are a variety of scheduled and unscheduled activities available. The Ranger Led Programs are excellent—guided canoe trip and mobile museum. The staff are very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. We biked on the paved trail to the marina several times and observed crocodiles, alligators, manatees, osprey, and vultures. Don’t leave food outside unattended because the vultures will visit your site. Supplies and rentals at the concession are bit pricey. Overall we enjoyed our stay and stops at the visitor centers and Nike site.
If you can beat the bugs, stargaze and enjoy the sunrise. But take the bug seriously. Even in late January the mosquitoes or vicious. You'll want insect repellent long sleeve long pants and maybe even a mosquito net when you are out and about.
Flamingo Everglades is the concessionaire that operates this campground and the nearby marina. The campground is arranged into 2 loops (one for trailers; about half of them with electric) plus a bayside field area that also includes a group tent site. For these, you park and walk to your site, but you get a great view of the bay and sunrises. In addition, there are several new eco-tents (platform tents) with beds two chairs and lamps. I stayed in one of these.
The Flamingo area still shows the effects of Hurricane Irma a couple of years ago and some neglect. The B & C loops are not open, though NPS is working to clean them up. An employee I spoke with indicated that they hoped to have those open next year. I was there midweek and only the trailer loop was full. On the weekends they do fill up.
The campsites in the loops have picnic tables and fire rings. The bayside field sites have scattered picnic tables and fire rings in various states of rusty disrepair. The eco-tents some picnic tables closer to the bathrooms for the field sites are not occupied, you can use one of those. You can't use a stove in your tent or on your deck, so you do need to cook elsewhere.
Bathrooms include flush toilets and free showers, although the water never got very warm. They are solar heated.
Remember everything you need because it's a long trip back to Florida city or Homestead the nearest places for picking up supplies. Stop at "Robert is Here" on your way in or out for a smoothie or milkshake. The shop at the marina has some basic snacks and drinks. Tuesday to Saturday afternoons there is a food truck available. For activities, campers get a discount on bike rentals. They also rent kayaks & canoes and offer boat trips, though I wouldn't do the boat trip again.
If you choose to stay in an eco-tent, there is a cart with bicycle tires to quietly take your gear to your tent. The boardwalk lights up at night so you can safely find your way to the bathroom. You'll be conscious of the sound the zipper makes when you leave and return to your tent. These are tents and not cabins, so you may hear some neighbors talking or snoring. Even so, it was a welcome change from a sleepless, noisy night at a campground in the Keys.
If you're looking for birds, nearby Eco pond or the waterfront near the bayside campsites offer a nice variety for minimal effort.
No Verizon coverage, but I've been told there is AT&T. Wifi is available at the visitors center.
The staff at the campground were nice and showed us to the tent area which was an open field by the bay with picnic tables and fire rings scattered around. We showed up after sunset. The second we set foot in the field we were constantly being attacked by the mosquitos. Bug spray doesn't help so make sure you have long pants and long sleeves too. Bathrooms were not too far of a walk, but they were disgusting (no soap, no toilet paper, a cockroach, etc.). The star were awesome, but hard to enjoy with all of the bugs. They were not an issue in the morning and the sunrise was awesome right from the tent. We were suppose to stay for 2 nights but had our reservation switched for the second night over to Long Pine Key.
There’s not much shade and there can be plenty of mosquitos depending on the time of year but it’s a fair trade for sleeping on the edge of the wild. We tent camped right on the water and woke up to dolphins swimming by every morning. We saw crocodiles, alligators, every bird and more. I absolutley love being out where I don’t hear road noise. I would definitely only go in the winter. We will go back!
A beautiful campground/hike if you're prepared for the bugs that await you. Bathroom facilities were pretty typical and fine. Nothing too crazy. The employees were really sweet and helpful with everything! A lot of wildlife to see. However, got eaten alive by bugs, even with bug spray.
It’s true what they say: don’t visit the Everglades during wet season.
We thought we would miss the worst of the mosquitoes in mid-November, but they were still in full-swing when we spent five days here.
Since we were also visiting Dry Tortugas, Biscayne, and Big Cypress while we were down in southern Florida, we had a lot of time to camp in the area. We camped at Long Pine Key, Flamingo, at a private campground up in Chokoloskee, and at a private campground outside of Miami. For a beautiful, scenic campground experience with access to some of the best wildlife in the park, we enjoyed our time at Flamingo.
Trying to separate our positive experiences from the hoards of mosquitos that we had to fight off each night getting into our tent is difficult, but visiting the campground in the dry season (December to May) should be a lot different.
Upsides of camping at Flamingo include a free shower (in a national park?! What?!), pretty sites with palm trees, incredible wildlife (we saw osprey, a manatee, a crocodile, and so many birds near Flamingo), and the experience of being deep inside Everglades National Park.
The biggest downside (in November) was the mosquitos. Also, Long Pine Key offers closer access to some of the more popular spots in Everglades, as well as easier access to non-park activities (like stopping at Robert is Here for a smoothie - a must-do!)
Our five days at Everglades were full: we attended several ranger programs (we especially liked the talks at the Anhinga Trail), Cole tried his hand at slough-slogging (wading in murky water up to your waist? Not for me), we hiked as many trails as we could, and we kayaked the Nine Mile Pond canoe trail.
You can read much more about our five days in the park on our blog: Switchback Kids (Everglades)
One night tent stay to review for possible use with friends with young kids.
Stayed in tent only area beside bay. Site was bare with only a fire pit and maybe a permanent grill. Very few people around, so quiet. Beach not swimable, very rocky and shallow with mud.
Middle of the week had no movie nights at small outdoor amphitheatre.
Nearby restaurant was had limited fast food, over priced because nearest real restaurant or grocery store was an hour's drive. Marine close by rents boats and runs boat tours through everglades. That would have made stay more fun as would having someone else along.
I had visited that area of the everglades before which I enjoyed. Bring bug spray and long pants, sleeves, and hat.
The area of the camp ground is not picturesque.
Rest rooms available on site.
A really great place to visit if you want a taste of Florida away from all the Disney-esque tourist spots.
This park is like stepping back in time. Enjoy it and relax!
A few mosquitos and rain though an ideal spot for Everglades immersion. I'm a winter camper here and won't come in the summer as I prefer less bugs and cooler manageable temps. Decent facilities and plenty to see and do.